Regions: North America


Director: Lance Hammer

Cast Summary:

Micheal J. Smith, JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail

A double prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival, and numerous awards internationally, BALLAST is one of the most critically acclaimed American independent films of recent years, a stunningly evocative story of personal catastrophe and communal redemption.

Brilliant Moon

Director: Neten Chokling

Cast Summary:

Narrated by Richard Gere and Lou Reed and featuring  His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Matthieu Ricard, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, Rabjam Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche.

BRILLIANT MOON: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche chronicles the life of writer, poet and meditation master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers.

Chop Shop

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Cast Summary:

Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzales, Ahmad Razvi, Carlos Zapata

Widely praised at the Cannes, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals, CHOP SHOP is the second remarkable feature from the internationally acclaimed young director Ramin Bahrani, who was recently hailed 'the new great American film director' by eminent critic Roger Ebert.

Cold Weather

Director: Aaron Katz

Cast Summary:

Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Raúl Castillo

An inventive, modern-day take on the classic detective genre, with inspiration drawn from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler, COLD WEATHER, from director Aaron Katz (QUIET CITY), is one of a fresh new wave of American indies emerging. With intimate characterisation and a setting firmly based in reality, the film weaves its way into a charming, ironic and humorous tale that plays out with multiple twists and turns.

Dark Horse

Director: Todd Solondz

Cast Summary:

Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Justin Bartha

Writer and director Todd Solondz ('Welcome to the Dollhouse', 'Happiness') examines the irretrievability of youth and the mercilessness of the passage of time in a dark and idiosyncratic comedy featuring an all-star cast led by Jordan Gelber ('Boardwalk Empire'), Selma Blair ('Hellboy', 'Cruel Intentions'), Academy Award® winner Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow ('Rosemary’s Baby'), Justin Bartha ('The Hangover'), Donna Murphy ('Spider-Man 2,' 'Star Trek: Insurrection') , Zachary Booth ('The Beaver') and Aasif Mandvi ('Margin Call', 'The Daily Show').

Easier with Practice

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Cast Summary:

Brian Geraghty, Kel O'Neil, Marguerite Moreau, Jeanette Brox, Kathryn Aselton, Jenna Gavigan

Following his critically acclaimed performance in the multi-Oscar winning 'The Hurt Locker', Brian Geraghty ('Jarhead', 'The Guardian') delivers a mesmerizing turn in Kyle Patrick Alvarez's provocative debut feature film, Winner of Best New International Feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival and multiple awards internationally.

Ed Hardy: Tattoo The World

Director: Emiko Omori

Cast Summary:

Ed Hardy

From humble tattooist to multi-million-dollar brand name, meet the extraordinary artist who brought tattoo imagery from the shadows into mainstream America.

Frozen River

Director: Courtney Hunt

Cast Summary:

Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Mark Boone Junior, Michael O'Keefe

Nominated for two Academy Awards, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and described by Quentin Tarantino as "the most exciting thriller I've seen this year", FROZEN RIVER has been acclaimed as one of the best American debuts this decade.

Goodbye Solo

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Cast Summary:

Souléymane Sy Savané, Red West

Winner of the prestigious FIPRESCI International Critics' Prize at the Venice Film Festival, GOODBYE SOLO is the latest film from young, internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Man Push Cart), one of the architects of popularly termed American 'neo-neorealism' and recently hailed 'the new great American director' by eminent critic Roger Ebert.

Heaven Knows What

Director: Josh and Benny Safdie

Cast Summary:

Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones, Buddy Duress, Necro, Eleonore Hendricks

Directed by celebrated filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie (Lenny Cooke, Daddy Longlegs), HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT blends fiction, formalism and raw vérité as it follows a young heroin addict (Arielle Holmes, in a tour de force performance) living on the streets of New York and her highly charged relationship with her boyfriend, Ilya (Caleb Landry-Jones X-Men: First Class, Antiviral).


Director: John Sayles

Cast Summary:

Danny Glover, Gary Clark, Jr., Lisa Gay Hamilton, Charles S. Dutton, Vondie Curtis Hall, Mary Steenburgen

Acclaimed writer/director John Sayles (LONE STAR, PASSION FISH) brings the birth of rock ‘n’ roll to life with electrifying effect in HONEYDRIPPER.

Land of Plenty

Director: Wim Wenders

Cast Summary:

Michelle Williams, John Diehl, Wendell Pierce, Shaun Toub

Angered by the American government's response to the events of 11 September 2001, LAND OF PLENTY is one of WIM WENDERS' most impassioned films.

My Dog Tulip

Director: Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Fierlinger

Cast Summary:

Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Gerety, Brian Murray, Paul Hecht, Euan Morton

Beautifully animated and featuring an all-star cast voiced by Christopher Plummer, the late Lynn Redgrave (in her last film to be released), and Isabella Rossellini, MY DOG TULIP is a touching; bittersweet adaptation of the late British author, J. R. Ackerley’s (former Literary Editor of the BBC magazine, The Listener) enduring memoir, exploring the 16-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian bitch, Tulip.

Off the Black

Director: James Ponsoldt

Cast Summary:

Nick Nolte, Trevor Morgan, Timothy Hutton. Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Kirkland

Premiering in 'Official Selection' at the Sundance Film Festival 2006, JAMES PONSOLDT's debut film is an assured and beautifully played drama about a broken man's redemptive relationship with the son he never had. Featuring an outstanding leading performance from two-time Oscar-nominee NICK NOLTE (Hotel Rwanda, Hulk, The Thin Red Line), the film also stars TREVOR MORGAN (Mean Creek, The Patriot), ROSEMARIE DEWITT (Rachel Getting Married), Oscar-winner TIMOTHY HUTTON (The Good Shepherd, Kinsey) and Oscar-nominee SALLY KIRKLAND (Bruce Almighty, EDTV).

Paris, Texas

Director: Wim Wenders

Cast Summary:

Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clement, Hunter Carson

With his outsider's view of America, Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire, Alice in the Cities) transforms PARIS, TEXAS into a haunting tale of loss, redemption and the ties that bind families together, and is arguably Wenders' greatest achievement.

Passenger Side

Director: Matt Bissonnette

Cast Summary:

Adam Scott, Joel Bissonnette, Robin Tunney

Featuring intelligent, funny and affecting performances from Adam Scott  and Joel Bissonnette, Matthew Bissionnette's PASSENGER SIDE is a sharp, insightful black comedy, examining the estranged relationship of two brothers and the unusual, complex bonds that are created when opposites are bound together by unexpected circumstances.



Spanking the Monkey

Director: David O. Russell

Cast Summary:

Jeremy Davies, Benjamin Hendrickson, Alberta Watson, Carla Gallo

One of America's most acclaimed contemporary screenwriters and directors, David O. Russell made his feature film debut in 1994 with the black comedy Spanking The Monkey, which won The Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and caused a stir with its incestuous subplot and portrayal of adolescent restlessness. The film also displays much of what has become Russell's trademark idiosyncratic, offbeat humour, later seen in Flirting With Disaster, the iconoclastic Three Kings and the existential comedy I Heart Huckabees, marking him as a special director with cult appeal.


Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast Summary:

Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Andre Holland, Michael Gaston

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's powerful and ambitious follow-up to their startlingly assured feature debut (HALF NELSON). But just as their first film was not your average high school drama, nor is SUGAR even close to being just another American sports movie.

The Inner Life of Martin Frost

Director: Paul Auster

Cast Summary:

David Thewlis, Irène Jacob, Michael Imperioli, Sophie Auster

Internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster ("New York Trilogy", "The Book of Illusions", "Man in the Dark") explores the art of writing in the darkly comical THE INNER LIFE OF MARTIN FROST.

The Kreutzer Sonata

Director: Bernard Rose

Cast Summary:

Danny Huston, Elisabeth Röhm, Matthew Yang King, Angelica Huston

The second instalment of a planned trilogy loosely based on the works of the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, acclaimed British director Bernard Rose (CANDYMAN) follows the remarkable IVANS XTC with THE KREUTZER SONATA, a shocking new film set in contemporary Hollywood that graphically emphasizes Tolstoy's brutally controversial views on the corrupting power of sex and accompanying jealousy.

The Living Wake

Director: Sol Tryon

Cast Summary:

Mike O'Connell, Jesse Eisenberg, Jim Gaffigan, Ann Dowd

Starring Oscar® nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and comedian Mike O’Connell (Funny People) director Sol Tryon’s critically acclaimed debut feature is a timeless fairytale with a biting sense of humour, sure to be a cult classic.

Who Loves the Sun

Director: Matt Bissonnette

Cast Summary:

Lukas Haas, Adam Scott, Molly Parker, R.H. Thomson, Wendy Crewson

A thoughtful, evocative portrayal of friendship, love and longing from director Matt Bissonnette (PASSENGER SIDE), starring Lukas Haas (INCEPTION), Adam Scott (THE AVIATOR) and  MOLLY PARKER (DEADWOOD).

Why We Fight

Director: Eugene Jarecki

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, WHY WE FIGHT takes an unflinching look at the anatomy of American war-making. With unparalleled Pentagon access, the film launches a non partisan inquiry into the forces - political, economic, and ideological - that drive the United States of America to fight.

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